Heidi Swapp Stencils at Intoxicating Arts!

Have you guys checked out the new and improved Intoxicating Arts shopping website?! If not, go check it out. I am working on adding inventory right now. Unfortunately, my old website was being buggy so I had to drop it and when I did that, all of my inventory that I tirelessly added to the website was dropped too. 

I have been able to add FOURTEEN different Heidi Swapp Stencils to the website though! These are gorgeous! Of course, they are all discounted too! To see all of the stencils, just click here. 

Here’s a sample of a few of the stencils: 

HS00723 stencil HS00830_12x12ArrowsStencil HS00841 Butterfly_P HS00841 Butterfly_P HS00772 stencil

Have fun shopping and I’ll see you soon! 

Washi Tape Purchasing Secret- Do the Math!

I have to admit that I have fallen prey to the Washi Tape sensation. I don’t normally like following trends, but this stuff is so awesome.  It actually allows tape to be pretty!

I have bought Washi Tape from a couple different sources lately and I want to share with you my findings. If you have not used washi tape before, it is decorative tape that is a paper type of tape which rips off the roll easily. It is not very sticky and can be repositioned easily. Washi Tape originated in Japan and has become a craze in the United States recently. I want to say (but may be wrong) that “smash books” might have had something to do with it. Smash books are supposed to be a way that someone can scrapbook without worrying about everything looking perfect or artsy. You are essentially supposed to “smash” your memories in to the pages nonchalantly. I have yet to do a smash book, but it is one of those things that I am oddly drawn to.

The secret to making sure you are getting a good deal when purchasing Washi Tape is very simple, do the math. I wish I had taken my own advice in the first place. Sometimes I get so excited and want to buy something that I don’t listen to the other part of my brain which is the reasonable half. You will see what I mean below.

Here is a little chart of the Washi Tapes that I have purchased:

Type Where to Buy Price Yards Feet Price/ Yard
Lace Washi WishyWashiTape

$3.45

16

  49′ 2.55″

$0.22

Drew’s Washi w/o disc DiscountCharms

$3.49

11

  32′ 9.7″

$0.32

Drew’s Washi W/ disc DiscountCharms

$3.14

11

  32′ 9.7″

$0.29

Cavallini & Co. Amazon

$14.10

80

  240′

$0.18

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Amazon

$8.20

18

  54′

$0.46

K & Co Smash Amazon

$3.39

21

  65′

$0.16

*Discount Charms and WishyWashiTape are both Etsy shops

Starting from the top here are my thoughts:

1. The Lace Washi that I purchased from WishyWashiTape was a good deal. They have a good selection on their Etsy Shop too. However, their prices vary per roll, so you would need to do the math on each to make sure you’re getting a good deal on all of them.

2 & 3. Drew’s Washi Tape. I found Drew through his youtube channel “cardofmyeye”. He recently put out a video showing that his Etsy shop, Discount Charms, would be carrying Washi Tape now. When I saw one with clocks and another with newspaper ads, I immediately bought them without even thinking about pricing. He has a discount code right now, 10percentoff25, which gives you 10% off purchases over $25. That is why I show pricing both ways on the chart. He has a good selection and consistent pricing so you don’t need to worry about doing the math on each roll. He also has cheap shipping !

4. Cavallini & Co Washi Tape is beautiful. The set that I got is called “Flora & Fauna”. It included 5 rolls with 16 yards per roll. This tape is a great deal. You have to spend more money upfront though and you have to buy in packs which are all the same theme. They come in a very nice tin too.

5. American Crafts Dear Lizzy Enchanted. I jumped on these right away because I loved the designs that came in this 3 roll pack. Unfortunately, I got ripped off. At $0.46 per foot this tape is not a deal at all. You get 18 yards TOTAL, not per roll. I will be using these sparingly since I don’t plan on buying them again.

6. K & Co. Smash Tape Black & White Polka Dots. This “Washi” tape is actually called Smash Tape, but it shares the same properties as the other Washi Tapes I have. This is the best deal but they only offer this one design. I wish they would make more because this is a great price!

Hopefully I have helped you understand the world of Washi a little better. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Clearsnap Petal Point Inks

Hey everyone!

Blitsy has the Clearsnap Petal Point Colorbox Inks and the Cat Eye inks on sale right now! Go check it out, http://blitsy.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/26945/  . P.S. – they are doing a special promo right now that I will get $1.00 in Blitsy credit just for you signing up. You don’t even have to buy anything! I really appreciate you using my referer link 🙂 . If you already have an account, that’s great!

The petal point inks are awesome. I only have one set right now, but I love using them when stamping multi word sentiments. Here is an example of one I did recently:

Even doing that tiny “A” in the middle was a snap! Just use the point of the petal. Go check it out before they are “blitsed” out!

http://blitsy.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/26945/

Thanks for stopping by!

Go to Blitsy NOW. Why I bought Tim Holtz’ New Book.

Ok, first click on this link, http://blitsy.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/26945/ , (yes, I get a referer bonus )
and reserve “Compendium of Curiosities II”, then finish reading the post below. (Don’t worry, Blitsy holds it in your cart for one hour so no one else can snatch it up while you finish shopping. ) After you read my post you can decide whether you want to go ahead and buy the book or just have Blitsy drop it out of your cart. I’d hate for you to read the post and go to buy it just to find out they were already “Blitsed”.
You would think that promoting Blitsy would be a bad idea for me. However, when I find good deals that I am not yet capable of offering, I get much more enjoyment out of sharing those deals than getting frustrated that I can not yet offer them.

So…if you have been waiting to buy Tim Holtz’ new Book “Compendium of Curiosities II”, now is the time! I just got an e-mail from Blitsy that it was in and I didn’t hesitate for a minute. Tim Holtz has such amazing ideas. Yeah, I know there are YouTube videos with awesome techniques up the wazoo and he is doing his new “Creative Chemistry 101” class online. BUT to me there is nothing quite like having a hard copy to be able to refer to. When I first got into stamping, inking, paper crafting (not scrapbooking, which started when I was 12), etc, the very first book I bought was “Ink Essentials” which was also put out by Ranger Industries. Of course when I found out that some of these techniques were available for free on YouTube I got a little frustrated that I just dropped about $18 on a rather skinny book. However, I was cleaning my room the other day and ran across the Ink Essentials book. I started fanning through the pages and realized that I still haven’t tried many of the techniques in this book! Besides, if you don’t know the name of the technique or that it even exists, then how would you search for it on YouTube? Hmm, tricky! lol.

Ok, now go back to Blitsy and decide for yourself if you want that book!

Looking for DCWV & Sizzix Deals?

Have you checked out www.DCWVdeals.com yet? If you haven’t you really should! It’s Die Cuts With a View’s super awesome deals page. Their little slogan is “You need the savings, we need the space!”. They are not kidding about these deals.

I just placed an order yesterday for a couple things and the shipping is very reasonable too. I’m most excited for my Bella Boutique 12 x 12 stack that I paid only $7.46 for. This stack was originally $19.99. I call that a super sweet deal! I almost bought two packs, but I restrained since I also bought a couple things from Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy yesterday. I wanted my money to stretch further instead of hoarding one paper stack.

Here’s what the front of the stack looks like:

Definitely check out www.DCWVdeals.com . They have a very limited amount of items on there, but it’s totally worth stopping by. Another place I go to on a semi-regular basis is the Outlet on www.sizzix.com . Just hover over “Clearance” in the upper right corner and you will see “Outlet” as an option. Click that and you will see only deeply discounted items. I have found some amazing deals on here before, but I normally only buy if I have at least a couple things I want because of the way their shipping costs are structured.

Hopefully I have helped you find a couple good deals out there! Thanks for checking out my blog.